Art Week is here! An umbrella initiative that includes the Sikka Art Fair, Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai and a range of contemporary art and design events, major museum shows, new gallery exhibitions and artists’ projects taking place each March, Dubai’s Art Week is one of our favourite calendar events every year. Running from 14-24 March this year, the multitude of planned events across the city by the international & regional galleries partaking in Design Alserkal and DIFC based galleries opening their doors for Art Night on March 18th…Art Week continues its efforts to position the Gulf as a place of artistic production in the Middle East and as a home to multiple cultural centres.

Below are details of some of the key events that we’ll be attending. More comprehensive lists of other activities happening can be found on TimeOut Dubai, the Dubai Calendar website & ofcourse through publications such as Brownbook, etc.

Sharjah Biennale 11the edition (13- 17 March) The SB11 Opening Week will feature a range of events including Performances, Film Screenings, Talks, Tours and the annual March Meeting. More details on the programme are available on the Sharjah Art Foundation website.

SIKKA Art Fair 14-24 March – in 2011 Zaman had the honour of launching the identity of SIKKA (click here for the project details) and this is why it always has a special place in our hearts. This annual initiative, founded by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to support and showcase Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent, has once again put together an engaging programme of diverse artistic talent and stance and experiential activities for the public to become more attuned to home-grown creativity at its liveliest and best, in the heart of Dubai. Below is a video recap of last year’s highlights.

Art Night in DIFC & Alserkal Avenue on March 18th– In keeping with what can now be considered a tradition, the next installment of Art Night in DIFC & Alserkal Avenue coincides with Design Days Dubai means March 18th will be a busy night in Dubai as art aficionados will no doubt try fit in visits to both DIFC & Alserkal and the first day (for the public) of Design Days Dubai. More details can be found on the respective Facebook pages of both districts.

Art Dubai 20- 23 March – Held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the 7th edition of Art Dubai takes place at Madinat Jumeirah. Besides the gallery halls, the fair’s extensive programme will include commissioned projects and performances, artists’ and curators’ residencies, educational workshops, the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum (Source:

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